Twitter coming downtown is exactly the kind of innovative company Detroit needs to advance our vision of becoming one of the most exciting high-tech and web-centered corridors of growth and activity found anywhere.Dan Gilbert talks up Detroit’s high-tech future in “What Twitter Means for Detroit.” I’m posting this from Detroit, where I’ve been visiting family for a few days … and, while none of them have Twitter accounts, I can tell you that they’re all hoping Gilbert is right. HT: Michael Tofias. (via kohenari)
Polls are closing and numbers are starting to come in, in Michigan and we are officially off to the races. There is a lot at stake and with rumors of low voter turn out and democrats voting against Mitt Romney, this could be anyone’s game.
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» But the margin of error washes the slate clean. With a possible discrepancy of 4.7%, Romney’s 2-point lead could be a practical tie with his arch-rival of the moment, Rick Santorum. Or Santorum could, in fact, be ahead of Romney. Nonetheless, recent polling provides at least a bit of relief for the Romney camp; Santorum had opened up more impressive polling leads over Romney, but the recent trend seems to show a tightening, at bare minimum. Expect an exciting primary come February 28th; a loss by Romney would be devastating to his chances.
One of the greatest things holding us back in Michigan is Washington. [Romney] understands our state. He’s one of us.Michigan Governor Rick Snyder • Officially endorsing Mitt Romney for President. This was an endorsement that until recently seemed in question, as the Republican governor dragged his feet on the decision mightily. It’s understandable why he did, in a sense – Romney has always been and likely still is the “establishment” pick, but Rick Santorum emphasizes American manufacturing in his platform, which is an appealing line in a state like Michigan. As it stands, the Romney campaign couldn’t afford to have lost this endorsement, and they can’t afford to lose Michigan, following a string of defeats by Rick Santorum. The February 28th primary is expected to be hotly contested, not least of all because of Mitt Romney’s 2008 remarks against the auto-industry bailout, which bolstered Detroit’s then-failing auto companies. source (via • follow)
» Pulling out the big guns: This week’s Detroit Auto Show is a giant coming-out party for an auto industry that was struggling to keep the engine running just a couple of years ago. But, while those times are certainly not gone entirely, they’ve certainly improved in recent years, which reflects in the boldness of this year’s models. In fact Chrysler, the weakest of the the three auto companies, is actually looking like a bright spot for Fiat, whose Chief Executive, Sergio Marchionne, invested in the company at its weakest point. ”He entered Chrysler at rock bottom and will now capitalize on a U.S. recovery — the timing was perfect,” said automotive analyst Philippe Barrier. But maybe you’re like us and you don’t care about the specifics of the recovery and just want to see cool new cars. Well, the Detroit Free Press has you covered.
The entire structure of the city reflects a 1950s model in which the United States was the dominant economy of the world and automobile manufacturing was the core driver. None of that is true anymore.Former Detroit City Council member Sheila Cockrel • Discussing the city’s major financial issues — which are so bad that the state has ordered a review of the city in a move that could lead Michigan to take it over. It would be the largest city of its kind to be taken over by the state government, but one that has fallen the furthest: With a quickly-declining population that has fallen by a quarter in the past decade, a $150 million budget deficit and a $45 million financial shortfall expected for the current fiscal year, options are running slim for a city defined by auto industry culture in good ways and bad. If the state takes over, the council that Cockrel was once a member of and mayor Dave Bing could get sidelined. Ouch. source (via • follow)